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Paying tax on eBay purchases


Many countries and jurisdictions around the world apply some sort of tax on consumer purchases, including items bought on eBay. Whether the tax is included in the listing price, added at checkout, or charged at the border depends on the order price, the item's location, and your shipping address.

If additional tax is applicable on your eBay purchase, you'll see this indicated on the listing page and the tax amount will be shown on the checkout page, before you pay.

Items shipped domestically

Items sold within the country

Consumer tax may be payable on sales within your country. If you are not sure if this applies to you, please contact your local tax authority and/or seek professional advice about your tax obligations.

 If you are required to charge consumer tax on your items, you are responsible for paying that tax in accordance with the appropriate laws and regulations.

Items imported into the country

If the item's being shipped from outside India, the recipient may have to pay duty and customs processing fees.

For more information about buying from overseas sellers, see our page about buying globally.

Items shipped overseas

If you're having an order shipped to an address outside of the United States, local consumer tax and/or customs duty may apply and the parcel's recipient may need to pay these as part of clearing the parcel through customs.

While we've included basic information for some countries here, it is only intended as a guide and is by no means exhaustive. For more information, please check the local tax and customs regulations.

If the seller is located in the US and your shipping address is in one of the US states where the seller is required to charge sales tax, the tax will be included in the order total at checkout.
If the item's being sent from outside the US, the recipient may have to pay duty and customs processing fees. However, items under $100 which are being sent as a gift will generally be cleared without any additional charges.
If the item's being shipped from outside the EU, the recipient may need to pay VAT and customs duty. These may not apply if the order's under a certain value, but the threshold varies between countries.
GST applies to goods imported by consumers into Australia.
Orders up to AU $1,000
From 1 July 2018, if you're buying an item located outside Australia and you select a shipping address in Australia, eBay will add GST to your total at checkout. The order value (item price + shipping costs) goes directly to the seller as usual, and eBay remits the GST portion to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Please visit the ATO website for more information about the introduction of GST on low value imported goods.
Orders over AU $1,000
If you're buying from overseas and your order is valued at over AU $1,000, the GST is generally collected at the Australian border. You may need to pay it as part of clearing your parcel through customs.
GST applies to most items shipped to New Zealand, and other duties and fees may apply as well. However, you may not have to pay GST and duties if they add up to less than NZ $60.

Refunded purchases

If you paid tax on your purchase through eBay and you get a refund for your order, you'll also get a refund for the proportionate amount of tax. For example, if you receive a full refund, you'll get the entire tax back. If you receive a 50% partial refund, you'll get 50% of the tax back. Any refunds processed outside eBay's systems are not eligible for a tax refund.

If you paid import taxes or duty as part of clearing your parcel through customs but you then returned the item, please contact the customs authority regarding a refund of the charges.

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